Our Sailboat was born in 1981. But she is considered to be a 1982 model. She is a sloop rigged sailing vessel.
She is a Ericson 36RH, meaning 36 feet long, and she is a Ron Holland designed vessel. This is a primary reason we purchased her, as
Ron Holland designed vessels have some distinct features that add to their speed, performance, and safety.
She is of fiberglass construction. She has a beam of 11'8", and a draft of 6 feet. And while her draft occasionally limits our access and causes
us some issues, we are still very happy we have all that boat underneath us. Built as a club racer by Ericson Yachts in Irvine California, she is a lightweight vessel of about 12,000 pounds. She is powered by wind, and, as a last resort, an Universal Diesel
24 horsepower inboard engine. Her colors are Navy Blue and White.
She has a forward "V" berth and an aft berth, one electrically powered head, and a galley equipped with a propane stove, and refrigerator. I like to say she is our two bedroom, one bath,
condo. She is equipped with a bimini and Solar Panels.
She has an autopilot named "Smee", a dinghy named "Jolly Roger" and a drone named "Tinkerbell".
She does not have air conditioning, hot water heater, or a windlass. Which means,
sometimes we are hot, dirty, and tired!
When Captain Rob and I first went shopping for boats, we really had allowed 6 months to a year to find what we wanted. We figured we would look at dozens of boats before finding that perfect one. But that was
not to be the case. We looked at one other boat before this one.
Those of you that own and operate sailboats know this: You feel a connection to your vessel, especially a vintage boat. Or you should. And if you don't, keep looking for the
one you do feel that for. And if you never feel connected to a boat, take up snake hunting or fire eating as a hobby. OK, or buy a new boat. A sailing vessel is more than wood, or steel, or fiberglass; a sailing vessel is a living breathing entity with the
capability of flying on water. And a vintage boat requires love. You will not want to commit to a vintage boat if you do not emotionally own her.
Because when she is good, she is very, very good. And when she is bad, she is horrid.
I saw this quote: 'We are not meant to sail a boat; we are meant to help her to sail herself.'
When I am at the helm of NeverLand, she speaks to me. Nobody can tell me this isn't real. I hear her ask for a little more sail. I feel her ask me to
sail closer to the wind. And when I follow her lead, she rewards me. Robert says I am a natural. Certainly, I follow my instincts and the way the boat FEELS, more than the textbook rules. When I do, and she makes that LEAP forward as if dancing on the water,
I know for sure this is the boat I was meant to sail.
NeverLand's first name was "Yachtahey. " This is from an Indian Greeting "Ya Ta Hey" meaning Hello.
Then it was changed to "El Pablo"
Her subsequent owner called her "True Love".
She then became, "Adventure Unknown" and that was the name on her when we bought her. We bought her from two college buddies from Missouri, whom we never did get to meet. They had bought her and taken her to the Caribbean, but cut their adventure short,
when one of the buddies got a great job offer. We don't know a lot about them or their time with the boat, but they did some nice upgrades which we benefited from, such as the solar panels. They bought her with most of the interior gutted out, and built some
of what we have in here now. The work is not very sleek, but it functions and it was clean of dirt and mold.
I had chosen the name of NeverLand before we ever bought a boat, and the name has a dual meaning, "Never to Land" and the place where you never
grow up. We like it, and it fits our no plan plan philosophy.
We had a big party for her renaming ceremony, and had our custom lettering installed by Jack Coletti, of www.midnightoilworkshop.com, whose
work I can highly recommend. Many, many thanks also to Famel Zaro, for designing our lettering and logo. Champagne was sacrificed to Neptune, and all the four winds, to ensure we will not be cursed by changing the name without expunging the old one from the
archives of the deep. So far, it seems the ceremony has done it's job.So much fun was had by our friends and family that day, and we felt our journey would be blessed by their support and encouragement.
We were lucky to meet the owner of the boat previous
to the buddies, who had sailed the boat from Kemah, Texas with his Dad as a project and who spoke of her in very loving terms with fond memories of his Dad. Ironic that we turned around and then sailed it back to Kemah, Texas!
He also told us that in
Texas, the boat was owned by one of the ranchers that sued Oprah Winfrey during "hamburger gate" and then disappeared....but I have not been able to find a name or any information to substantiate that story. That was before everything was documented by the
internet, and I am still researching that part of her life.
I have done a lot of research on this boat.
I have the original spec drawings and I have photos of how the interior SHOULD look, restored.(someday) I am happy to find out that
much more of what is here is original to the boat than we first thought. This will make it easier to bring her back to her former glory as we can afford to. We are amazed every day at how solid a boat of this vintage really is.
Everything I have
researched about this boat's design and manufacture tells us we have made a good choice. She is built for racing and bluewater cruising. She is solid and safe.We had four criteria for a boat: that she was big enough to be comfortable, small enough for either
of us to single hand sail if needed, that it was ready to go, and that we could pay cash for it. This boat more than met our needs.
NeverLand is hull #26 of only 36 of these Ron Holland design Ericson boats that were built between 1981 and 1984.
The more I learn about Ron Holland, the more thrilled I am to have one of his designs. My dream would be to have him come aboard and autograph this boat, and go for a sail with us. He has published a memoir entitled, "All the Oceans". He was an accomplished
sailor at the age of 8, and spent a lifetime perfecting the design of sailboats,
A lttle more about Ron Holland, From " Life on the Water":
If one made
a calculation simply based on the list of Ron Holland’s achievements, one might arrive at a lifespan of perhaps as much as 210 years. He has surely lived at least 3 lives worth of adventures, and accomplished at least 3 times more than one might expect
of a mere mortal.
Fin w/spade rudder
35.58 ft / 10.84 m
29.00 ft / 8.84 m
599.00 ft2 / 55.65 m2
11.83 ft / 3.61 m
6.25 ft / 1.91 m
lb / 5,262 kg
5,230 lb / 2,372 kg
Ericson Yachts (USA)
Auxiliary Power/Water (orig. equip.)
Rig and Sail Particulars
47.75 ft / 14.55 m
14.50 ft / 4.42 m
42.00 ft / 12.80 m
12.00 ft / 3.66 m
346.19 ft2 / 32.16 m2
ft2 / 23.41 m2
S.A. Total (100% Fore + Main Triangles)
598.19 ft2 / 55.57 m2
Est. Forestay Len.:
49.90 ft / 15.21 m